Monday 22 May 2017

Let's not sleepwalk into a place where porn is the norm

The market has no morals when it comes to selling, so Carol Hunt intends to join the ranks of the 'professionally offended'

IT WAS a catchy headline: 'This is not just any ad,' it read, 'this is an offensive M&S ad.' M&S? That bastion of middle-class British decency and common sense offensive? Impossible. A mistake, surely? M&S couldn't manage to offend anyone if it got Charlie Sheen to act in its ads for them. There is absolutely nothing offensive about M&S -- it's one of the reasons why it doesn't number too many of the young, hip and trendy among its regular customers.

Then again, there are always people standing at the ready, just salivating at the thought of being able to publicly express their wounded feelings (I was so hurt, Joe, I can't tell you how upset it made me) because of some innocuous comment they overheard on the radio or TV or by the sex/violence/racism in a DVD they rented out.

Last week the professionally offended brigade were mutinying about the latest M&S lingerie ads. They declared the "provocative content" of the ads "too sexually suggestive for children".

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